OIL & GAS: Natural gas stoves across the U.S. emit enough methane and other pollutants annually to equal the greenhouse gas impact of half a million cars, and can produce significant health risks as well, Stanford University researchers find. (Inside Climate News) 

ALSO:
• A year after promising to halt new oil and gas leasing, President Biden has so far been issuing permits at a faster pace than the Trump administration and oversaw the country’s largest offshore lease sale ever. (Washington Post)
Los Angeles’ city council votes to ban new oil and gas drilling and to study ways to phase out about 1,000 existing wells over the next two decades. (Los Angeles Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Experts and Energy Department officials say the Biden administration needs to address electric vehicle “charging deserts” in low-income and rural areas and communities of color as it builds out a nationwide charging network. (Canary Media)
• The Biden administration cancels two federal leases held by a company to mine for copper, nickel and other metals — key ingredients in electric vehicle manufacturing — in northern Minnesota. (MPR News)
• A Michigan-based company repairs, repurposes and recycles electric vehicle batteries with a focus on wealth building in BIPOC communities. (Centered)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: It’s been a year since President Biden announced his commitment to addressing environmental injustice, but it’s unclear if and how the White House and federal agencies have implemented those priorities when distributing funding so far. (E&E News)

NUCLEAR: Scientists at a national lab say they’ve taken a major step toward generating carbon-free electricity via fusion after successfully using a powerful laser to fuse hydrogen atoms. (E&E News)

POLITICS: President Biden meets with corporate executives to push his Build Back Better proposal and discuss climate provisions that may be moved to a separate bill. (The Hill) 

CLIMATE: More than a dozen Minnesota cities have, or are expected to pass, resolutions declaring climate change an emergency in an effort to spur quicker climate action from state lawmakers. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION:
• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon propose updates to its transmission planning and requirements for generation interconnection, a regulator says. (Utility Dive)
Hydro-Québec halts construction of its part of the controversial New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line that would run Canadian hydropower through Maine. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: A court’s withdrawal of permits to cross federal land marks only the latest regulatory setback for the Mountain Valley Pipeline since it received approval in 2017. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Arizona regulators reject ambitious clean energy rules that would require utilities to procure 100% zero-carbon power by 2070, increase solar and efficiency incentives, and encourage solar facility siting in coal communities. (Associated Press)

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